Two technology industry associations filed a brief last week in the U.S. District Court of Southern New York challenging a New York City e-waste law requiring manufacturers to arrange for door-to-door pick up of unwanted electronics.

The law, which passed in February 2008 and is slated to take effect Friday, has been called irresponsible and onerous by the Consumer Electronics Association and the Information Technology Industry Council.

The law will require electronics and technology manufacturers to pick up from residents homes any covered electronics produced by the manufacturer. The law also requires manufacturers to accept e-waste from any other manufacturer if the consumer is purchasing a similar item on a one-to-one basis. Smaller portable items are exceptions. For these items, manufacturers may establish drop-off sites or mail-in programs.

Manufacturers that don't comply will be forced to pay stiff penalties. In addition, the law requires manufacturers to track and report their sales in New York City and the amount of e-waste they recycle, among other data. The suit also addresses a separate but related law that requires the manufacturers to meet minimum collection standards.

The two associations are seeking to enjoin the law by July 31, the deadline for manufacturers to submit plans for how they will meet the new requirements.


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